December 22, 2004

Prepare To Be Shocked

You Are "Silent Night"
Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child Holy infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace

You never forget that Christmas is about the birth of Christ.
Santa and eggnog are just gravy

What Christmas Carol Are You?

As it happens, I think "Silent Night" is okay, but my Top 5 Christmas hymns include:

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (if I had to choose, my absolute favorite)
"What Child Is This" (to the tune of "Greensleeves" - which I am quite prepared to believe was penned by Henry VIII)
"Angels We Have Heard On High"
"The Coventry Carol" (which one almost never hears anymore 'round here - all that talk of Herod's rage is probably too offensive)
"Angels, From the Realms of Glory"

See a pattern here? Old and Sacred. Can't go wrong.

This isn't to say that I don't like any of the more modern and/or secular stuff (although there is a good bit of it that I simply can't stand). Rayther, as the little blurb above says, all of that is just gravy. (By the way, no Lynn, you're not the only one who likes "The Carol of the Bells.")

And while we're on the subject, can I just say here and now that I am sick and tired of people who swoon all over the "Halleluja" Chorus from Handel's Messiah? I mean, it's a very good coronation anthem and all, but a) it is more appropriate to Easter and b) there are plenty of other choruses in the oratorio which, IMHO, are just as good, if not better. Listen to some of the rest of the piece! (My favorite for the season happens to be "For Unto Us A Child Is Born" although I'm also quite partial to the song "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion". I recently bought a CD of a recording by Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert from back in the 80's and I'm quite pleased with it.)

Yips! to Lawren for starting this rant.

UPDATE: Parallel minds, Dept. I started reading this post by Annika and didn't get half way through the first verse of the New International Version of Isaiah, Chapter 40 before I started hearing Handel's treatment of if. As a King James Version devotee, I was beginning to get a bit maddened by the clash of translations until I scrolled a bit farther down. Amen, indeed.

Posted by Robert at December 22, 2004 09:10 AM

After attending a live performance of Handel's Messiah, my thirteen year old daughter spent an inordinate amount of time skipping around the house singing "Oh WE like sheep! Oh WE like sheep!"

Posted by: gail at December 22, 2004 09:22 AM

Our minds are more parallel than you might think. My CD is the Pinnock too. i bought that recording because the Penguin guide raved about it, and i think it's awesome.

The L.A. Philharmonic does a Messiah sing along, which i tried to do once. i sang in a chorus once upon a time, but lemme tell you, the Messiah is very very hard to sing. Best left to the professionals, heh.

Posted by: annika at December 22, 2004 10:38 AM

What? No "Good King Wensceslaus?"
No "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen?"


Posted by: Kathy at December 22, 2004 11:06 AM

"O come, o come, Emmanuel" is my favorite, too! Oddly enough, it doesn't necessarily have to be done in the "classical" manner, either (but that haunting, melancholy style is gorgeous!).

Phillips, Craig and Dean has a version that I play full blast when I'm alone in the car, and, um, Selah, I think it is, also has a version I like. YMMV.

And I also love "Carol of the Bells." ;)

Posted by: Romeocat at December 22, 2004 11:31 AM

How about the veinna boys chior? and well these band leaders can make some great for christmas like JOHN WILLIAMS

Posted by: night heron at December 23, 2004 09:00 PM
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